Putli Tamasha/Puppet Shows

I was looking for Angan Tehra, an old PTV drama serial at Hall Road when I saw cassettes of Kalian. Written and directed by Farooq Qaiser, it used to be very popular puppet show on PTV many years ago. Puppets were introduced for the very first time in Pakistan by Farooq Qaiser. Yes I know Putli Tamasha was there already and perhaps still exists in villages. But I think Putli Tamasha is different from what we saw on TV. Kalian was one of my all time favorite Urdu program. Uncle Sargum, Haiga, Noni Pa and I am sure many of you still remember Maasi Museebatay :D. A few years ago, that kaala sa little character Rola also got very popular.
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Source: Unicef.org

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Source: http://entertainment2000.com.pk
Not only puppets were fun but they also helped us learning a lot of things. Uncle Sargum always had a message to convey. Kalian was also popular because it was political and it used to make fun of politicians and it also highlighted social issues. But it also had a good entertainment value for children and teenagers. The puppet show Farooq Qaiser did before Kalian (forgot its name, anybody?) was basically children’s education program. Kinda local version of Sesame Street. It

8 Comments so far

  1. raven (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 9:04 pm

    I loved Uncle Sargam’s favorite litany of “small crockery, chota panda, quarter plate!”


  2. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 10:11 pm

    Raven nay mere munh ki baat cheen li! I sometimes practice this phrase with friends. lol..
    If my lousy memory serves me right, Farooq Qaiser did Akkar Bakkar before Kalian. Btw, do you know that Pakistan is the only country after US that has its own Puppet character or a show – our very own Kalian.
    Geeeee.. I was going to google your question, you cheeky #$%&@!


  3. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 10:16 pm

    “Mere piyaray Allah Mian…”
    “innu chuk le!”


  4. MAHBOOB AHMAD (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 12:57 am

    yup
    we have the national museum of puppetry i think its called
    probably around qadafi


  5. nausheen (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 3:43 am

    love that picture


  6. maheen (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 8:45 pm

    kalian is one thing which made ptv islamabad popular like hell. some of you would know that uncle surgam did his earlier work in lahore – his daughter used to study at my college and was very popular.
    i think children today miss the saaf suthri entertainment like us (going with lahori obsession of urdish/engdu)


  7. Zahid Zulfiqar (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 6:35 pm

    such a cute post! uncle sargum is one of my fav. puppets. Akkar Bakkar was not a puppet show btw


  8. Cuthbert (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 5:45 am

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